Hood, the first installment of author Stephen R. Lawhead's newest trilogy, King Raven Trilogy, bears only a passing resemblance to the often-told story we know as Robin Hood. While the era is the same, along with some of the colorful characters within the story; Hood is a mixture of fantasy and historical fiction that creates an intense desire to hear what happens in book two of the series.
Bran ap Brychan is destined to take over the throne of Elfael from his father the king. When Norman invaders take over English rule, the king is killed in an attack along with most of his soldiers. With his homeland overrun by the enemy, Bran abandons his legacy and hides deep in the Welsh forest. His faith in the future has been tested many times by his losses, but he finds hope again with the help of a mystical woman who uses her powers to heal him body and soul.
As the narrator takes the listener to a time long past that is filled with magic and sorcery; young Bran begins to find his way back with the help of a tattered group of friends. Although hunted by the Normans as if he were an animal, his sense of justice slowly returns and fuels the desire to lead his countrymen to triumph. At times brutal, hopeful and funny; this tale of Wales in the year 1093 combines the political climate of lands ruled by royal bloodlines, with the primeval powers of an enchanted world.
Published in over 24 languages, the works of Stephen Ray Lawhead have captured the imagination of readers all over the globe. A native of Nebraska, born in 1950, he holds a Fine Arts degree. His first foray into the writing profession was in Chicago when he edited and wrote for Campus Life magazine. The author of dozens of novels and children's books, he and his family moved to Britain in 1986. When research for his Pendragon Cycle books was done, he stayed in England and currently resides in Oxford.
For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.
Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father’s kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in a primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him—for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.
Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
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